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CNN Reporter: ‘Hard to Believe’ Washington Didn’t Know About VA Scandal

CNN reporter Drew Griffin, who has been breaking news relating to the scandal involving the hiding of true waiting times that veterans who sought care through the VA faced, weighed in on Monday on the news that President Barack Obama was informed of the decades-old problems at the VA before he even took office. Griffin said that this disclosure suggested to him that virtually everyone in Washington has known of the problems at the VA for years.

Griffin was asked for his thoughts on a Washington Times story which, following a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed that Obama’s transition team informed the president in 2008 of the problems associated with the VA.

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“The president in 2007, Senator Barack Obama, gave a speech to the VFW in which he specifically addressed these wait times,” Griffin added. “He vowed to fix this back in 2007.”

“Apparently was briefed on it again in 2008, and if he’s been watching our reports or getting the Inspector General reports, it’s hard to believe everybody in Washington didn’t know this was going on,” he continued.

Griffin said that he is getting tips from whistleblowers “faster than we can check out” about poor and delayed care at VA facilities.

Watch the clip below via CNN:

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